Are you a pumpkin eater? Do you know the different varieties of pumpkins? Well, let us get educated on some different varieties of pumpkins! Season folks are familiar with squash and other edible pumpkins for cooking cakes, pies, breads, and soups.However, the younger generation are only familiar with going to coffee shops and getting pumpkins spice latte. In today’s time, we have people making their own gardens and there are also farmer’s markets selling fruits and vegetables from community families with gardens.Farmer’s markets have lots of different varieties of pumpkins that are great for cooking.Let us look at the different varieties of pumpkins that we can cook and enjoy with our families. During earlier years, Native Americans used pumpkin to cook everything from bread to soups during pumpkin season. Pumpkins can be used for grilling, baking, broiling, steaming, or roasting as the native Americans did in earlier years. The pumpkins that we carve for Halloween is different from the pumpkin that we cook to eat. The pumpkins use for Halloween are large, hollow, and have a flat bottom for standing up on porches and in yards for decorations.The pumpkins used for eating are tasty in flavor, bright in color and nutritious.These pumpkins contain dietary fibers, vitamins A, C, E, B6, riboflavin, potassium, cooper, manganese, and many other nutrients needed for our bodies.Just think, there is very little fat in pumpkins. Some of the different varieties are Cucurbita moschata or butternut squash, acorn squash, Baby Pam, the white Baby Boo and New England Pie. The following are pumpkins that are good for cooking such as Chinese Cheese pumpkin (moschata) which is a squat, pale pumpkin that is excellent for baking. The Cinderella pumpkin resembles the pumpkin transformed into Cinderella’s coach. It is thick, sweet, and custard-like flesh. The Peanut pumpkin resembles a peanut with a warty exterior. It is a sweet, orange flesh perfect for soups. The pumpkin seeds are loaded with fiber and protein which is healthy for your body.
So, when you go to the grocery store, or farmer’s market, pick up a pumpkin and make a pie or bread or cake and enjoy with your family.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture